With cars, you can go where you want to go when you want to go. But they also have the most environmental impacts, the most social impacts and the greatest cost to our system - to park it, to enforce it, to run it, to import the oil.
More accurate description: With cars, you can go where you want to go only if there exist roads to take you, fuel to power the vehicle, and ample space to park. You can go whenever you want so long as traffic and congestion are not highly prohibitive. Oh, and it's also bad for the environment and hard on your wallet.
"With cars, you can go where you want to go when you want to go."Meanwhile, in the real world...
I find bicycles are similar. I can go pretty much anywhere on my bike. There are some issues at this time with roads choked with too many cars but the car could be replaced by a bike.It is one of the reasons why transit should be bike friendly. A bike can extend the reach of transit quite a bit.
An accurate description of what the automobile is like. Cars don't "pay for themselves".
I find subways are similar - in New York, Paris or London. I can go pretty much anywhere by subway.The functionality of a transportation system has much more to do with the level of investment in it than with the mode it uses.
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